It’s OK to Have a Two-Page Tech Resume

For decades, experts have advocated for single-page resumes, no matter how vast your career has been. However, times and trends are changing. Thanks to the rise of tech consulting gigs and contract employment, short resumes don’t necessarily paint a picture of who a candidate is as a professional. Fortunately today, a two-page resume won’t necessarily turn off a tech hiring manager.

The Survey Changing Hearts and Minds According to a recent survey by ResumeGo, hiring managers, recruiters, HR pros and executives preferred two pages resumes 2.3 times more than one-page documents.  They simulated a hiring situation and of 7,712 resumes reviewed, over 5,300 two-page documents were chosen.  The study also showed that hiring managers were actually willing to read the longer resumes in an effort to really understand the candidate they were evaluating.

How to Make Your Resume Work for You This doesn’t mean, however, that it’s ok to write a dissertation. […]

4 Reasons Why You Should Stay in Touch With Your Former Boss

When you move on to a new role, the idea of staying in touch with your old boss may seem odd. This is especially true if your relationship wasn’t always ideal or was downright challenging at times. Even if you had a strong connection, which can occur when a supervisor isn’t just overseeing your work but also helps you grow as a professional, touching base regularly might feel strange, particularly when it comes to discussing how happy you are in your new job.

However, remaining in contact with your former manager is actually a smart move, especially when it comes to the success of your career. If you are sure why, here aren’t four reasons to stay in touch with your old boss.

1. Guidance Just because you’ve started in a new position doesn’t mean your old boss can’t offer you guidance during trying times. In fact, they can be […]

The Easiest Way to Make a Great First Impression at a New Job

Starting a new job is exciting, but heading into your workplace the first time can also be a nerve-racking experience. After all, you are going to meet a lot of new people and you probably want to make the best first impression possible with each and every one.

Luckily, there is something you can do to help ensure that you make a great first impression at your new job, and it isn’t difficult. Here’s the one thing you need to do before heading in on your first day.

Practice Your Introductions When it comes down to it, practice makes perfect. That’s why some much interview advice focuses on rehearsing responses to common questions.

On your first day, you are almost guaranteed to be nervous. This may lead you to stumble over your words or simply draw a blank when you meet someone new, especially if the encounter wasn’t planned or […]

6 People You Should Never Use as a Reference

Sometimes, it’s hard to figure out who to list as a reference. Ultimately, you need to select people who can speak to your professional abilities in a positive manner, as the information they provide the hiring manager is a crucial part of their decision-making process.

That means, there are certain people you should never include on that list. With that in mind, here are six people you should forgo listing as a reference.

1. Anyone Who Fired You While it seems obvious, it’s still worth saying: anyone who fired you should never be used as a reference.

Generally, a manager who terminated your employment won’t have positive things to say about you in the workplace and may be inclined to be honest with the prospective employer about their experience. Even if the reason you were fired wasn’t related to an infraction or issue, such as when it just isn’t a […]

Doing Good for the World and Your Resume: How Volunteering Can Help You Get IT Experience

When you want to land a coveted IT role, having formal training or the latest certification might not be enough to get you the job. Most employers prefer professionals with real-world experience, so being able to use your skills in a work-style environment is a must if you want to be a top candidate.

However, you need to secure a position to gain that experience, creating a sort of catch-22. Luckily, there is a way get started that isn’t as complicated as landing a job: volunteering.

Landing a Volunteer IT Role Many non-profit organizations need assistance with technology, though they can’t always afford to hire a highly skilled professional. Often, they turn to volunteers to help get websites built, local networks set up, and much more, creating unique opportunities where you can gain experience while assisting your community.

You can look for opportunities through formal volunteer matching organizations and […]

Does the Slipper Fit? 9 Ways to Tell if a Company is the Right Fit for You

Before you accept a job offer, making sure it is actually a good fit is critical. Otherwise, you may end up unhappy with your choice, leading you to need a new role faster than you originally intended.

If you want to make sure that a company is the right fit for you, here are nine questions to ask yourself before you accept a job offer.

Can I Be Successful in This Role? The point of this question is to consider whether you have the proper skill set and level of experience to excel in the job. While this doesn’t mean you can’t learn a bit as you go, making sure that you have all of the critical core competencies increases your odds of long-term success.

Does the Job Fit into My Life? While you may have career goals that a role can help you achieve, it’s also wise to […]

The Only Sentence You Need to Negotiate Your Salary

Interviewing is stressful enough. But, if you prove to the interviewer that you are the ideally fit candidate, then you’ll make it that next stage: the job offer.

To some, negotiating a job offer is actually worse than the interview. To others, they love the chase and the negotiating game. Whatever side you are on, there is only one sentence you need to know to quickly negotiate your salary.

Recruiters, like the professionals at ASK Staffing share their negotiating tips with their candidates. This is one of the many reasons, you should seek out professional recruiters when you start thinking it’s time for a job change.

With negotiating, it all comes down to one, politely delivered sentence.

These 12 magical words can get you a higher salary, increased paid time off, and whatever else that’s in reason on your wish list: “If you can get me X (and Y, […]

Transferable Skills That Will Make Your Tech Resume Stand Out

The technical requirements of an IT professional are always evolving. To advance your career, it’s the transferable, soft skills that will get your resume noticed or get you promoted. Communication skills, innovation, and business acumen are the skills that will separate you from the other IT applicants, as well as the new IT replacement of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic replacement.

Enhancing your Communication and Empathy Skills Enhancing your soft skills is a lifelong pursuit. Practice by listening to others and then asking questions to ensure you understand the meaning, intent and emotion of what is being said. Work to understand your entire business, not just the function of the IT department. And above all else, express empathy. People want to be surrounded by people they like and that understand them.

Be an Innovator and Problem Solver Highlighting ways that you have creatively approached a problem demonstrates that you […]

7 Signs It’s Time To Quit Your IT Job

If you are thinking that it’s time to quit your information technology (IT) job, well, most likely it is. But, before you polish up your resume and call a recruiter, review these 7 signs that it truly is time to quit your job.

You lost your motivation Lack of motivation happens from being overworked, underworked, not challenged or too challenged. When was the last time you were proud of your work? If it’s more than a few months, it’s time to move on. You Don’t See a Future Where do you see yourself 2 years from now? If you’re not picturing your current employer, move on. You’re Not Learning In the profession of information technology, you need to continual learning and through new projects, technology and systems. If you’re doing the same thing every day, you need to move on. It’s a Negative Environment If you dread going to […]

3 Skills of the Most Successful Network Engineers

What makes a network engineer successful and of the successful network engineers, what are three skills of the MOST successful ones? There are a few common traits that consistently make the difference between a good and great network professional.

Communication is Key It’s the soft skills that make or break a successful network engineer. The stereotypical IT guy, that is a nonverbal, or worse, sarcastic and condescending quickly gets a bad reputation within an organization.

On the other hand, the friendly and positive IT network professional that is happy to help and can explain technical concepts in plain, digestible language is an asset to the organization.

Continual Education Technology is an industry that you must continually learn and develop your skills, certifications and experiences. A desirable network engineer will have several vendor specific certifications, with Cisco CCNA being the most sought after as well as the most common.

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